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More About Bryan Race Continued From Page 1-E ONCE AGAIN today Ruby will be in turbocharged Offenhauser No. 25. It might be wise not to bet against that combination. The Jimmy Bryan 150 is scheduled to, get the green flag at 3 p.m. Here is the pre-race schedule: Gates open, 9 a.m.; practice laps, 11:30 a.m.; qualifying, 1 p.m. Thirty cars will be battling for the 24 starting positions and a slice of the purse which will total at least $23,780. Today's race is the .third stop on the USAC championship trail. IN A WINDY three-hour practice session yesterday, Andretti was unofficially clocked in the afternoon's fastest lap—29.53 seconds, or just a shade less than 122 miles per hour. The track record is 29.38 (122.407 mph) and it was set by Bobby Unser in qualifying for last November's Bobby Ball 200. The world record for a one-mile paved course is 28.591 (125.914 mph), set by Gordon Johncock July 30, 1967, at Langhorne, Pa. Other fast times registered yesterday belonged to Johncock, 29.64; Bobby Unser and MeCluskey, 29.65; Ruby, 29.90; and Art Pollard, 29.95. Al Unser and Joe Leonard- considered a real challenger in his Vel's-Parnelli Jones Ford—were caught in 30 seconds flat. FOYT'S BEST time was 30.38. The turbocharged Offy LLOYD RUBY belonging to race director J. 'C. Agajanian and driven by Billy Vukovich turned a 30.52. About the only big name missing from today's lineup is Parnelli Jones, and he'll drive the pace car. This will be the fifth Jimmy Bryan 150, named in honor of the late Phoenix charger who won at Indianapolis in 1958 and was national champion in 1954,1956 and 1957. Preceding Ruby into the Jimmy Bryan victory circle were Foyt (1964), the late Don Branson (1965), and Jim McElreath (1966). Winners of the Bobby Ball 200, held at PIR each November, have been Ruby (1964), Foyt (1965), Andretti (1966) and Andretti again (1967).